Jitu Raiyan

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Environment

Impossibly detailed views of Earth from space at night and day

Nothing makes me feel more connected to the rest of the human race than seeing the Earth from space at night. National borders vanish, and rivers of light unite our towns and cities into a single glowing tapestry. Just look at this incredible view of Europe, sparkling with artificial light:   Er, wait a minute. …

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A splendid video by NASA shows earth as a living creature

NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS) has released a stunning video that shows Earth in a way you may have never seen before. The video is a time-lapse simulation that depicts seven days in 2005 when a category-4 typhoon developed off the coast of China. The seven-day period is repeated several times during the course of …

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The Life of a Finnish Island as Told Through the Seasons

Jani Ylinampa is a Finnish photographer that has built a steadily growing following on Instagram and Facebook for his breathtaking landscape photography. The artist’s work is focused primarily around his home region of Finnish Lapland where he captures the region’s natural beauty as well as the incredible Northern Lights. In this seasonal series, Jani uses a drone to document the …

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A 19-mile-long crack has opened up on the vulnerable Antarctic coast. What’s next?

Over a matter of days in late September, Stef Lhermitte watched via satellite as a new, massive crack formed along the edge of Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier. Just last year that glacier shed a Manhattan-sized slab of ice. But that particular iceberg was relatively small. Lhermitte, a geoscientist specializing in remote sensing at the Netherlands’ Delft …

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World Map of Oceans and Shorelines

According to the USGS, about 71% of the Earth’s surface is water-covered with oceans holding about 96.5% of all Earth’s water. This inspired a series of maps in 1942 by oceanographer and geophysicist Athelstan Frederick Spilhaus which can be found in his book: Atlas of the World with Geophysical Boundaries Showing Oceans, Continents and Tectonic Plates in …

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Norway wants to clean up our oceans. Here’s how it could work.

Earlier this year, Norway’s minister of international development visited Ghana. Minister Nikolai Astrup had a simple request: He wanted to spend some time with his team collecting trash from beaches in the developing nation. His team assured him that could be arranged. Then he was asked the most telling question of all: Where would they put …

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